Metacritic Drama with Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3 launched today in the US with UK gamers forced to wait until Friday.  The game has scored high ratings from the press, as expected, and has a Metacritic score of 93, but the user score is currently down at 2.5, based on 562 votes.

Sounds familiar.. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 also took an initial battering on their user score: one of the devs asked for help on Twitter, noting that the score was “suspiciously low”.  Indeed, there were a large number of 0 ratings across the three platforms.

While I’m sure there are plenty of honest ratings being submitted for the game, and here for Mass Effect 3, the political voters have certainly been out in force.  Are people downvoting the game out of spite at the Day 1 DLC?  Or is it rage at the latest revelation that the multiplayer will have an effect on the ending of your singleplayer game?

Some of the “reviews” have claimed a lack of progression, disappointment with animations, and a lack of originality.  However, there are comments which directly target EA, the paid DLC and, I suppose quite predictably, the homosexual romance options..

I thought the romance options only really appeared if you actively pursued them.. and since nobody is forcing you to try it on with any character in a computer game, you don’t have to see it.

These extra options were actually added to the game in response to feedback from fans.. so if anything, BioWare should get some points for listening to the fans.. but it seems instead that they’re damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

Reviews should not be the place to vent your anger at the publisher or developer, and by placing low scores as a “punishment”, these bitter little people are throwing away the whole purpose of reviewing a game: to let others know if the game is good or not, and why.

Critic reviews are often accused of being bought.. but at least they can be used as a guide, albeit with a pinch of salt as to the score itself.  Reviews are all subjective, but at least make an honest attempt to review the actual game, and keep the opinions about everything else where they belong; on blogs, forums and the like.

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